After this week’s announcement of his committee assignments, Rep. Robert Garcia wasted no time describing two of his colleagues as being part of a Republican “clown show.”
Robert Edmundson has served as chief of staff in Speaker Pelosi’s Congressional office since 2013, previously serving as her legislative director for many years.
Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán was the lead nominator Wednesday for New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to be the minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Congressman-elect Robert Garcia was elected House Freshman Class President.
Long Beach’s current mayor is cruising to an easy victory over his Republican opponent for the seat Congressman Alan Lowenthal is leaving.
The revelations came as part of a New York Times investigation that looked at the private financial dealings of lawmakers and their immediate family members. Rep. Alan Lowenthal was named among 97 congressional members with questionable stock trades.
Robert Garcia has claimed 50.8% of the vote, Briscoe has 22.4% (7,195 votes) and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia has 13.3%.
The Long Beach mayor has earned himself many allies by letting others claim a share in his vision, often working behind the scenes to arrive at consensus, or, in critics’ eyes, the safest political result.
The legislator gained prominence during the Bell corruption scandal, took on a family dynasty to win her assembly seat—and later fought for her political life amid allegations of sexual harassment.
The local congressional delegation secured almost $7 million for projects in Long Beach like teacher development, college prep for at-risk youth and a new playground at Silverado Park.
Lowenthal prefers to be seen as a negotiator, a consensus-builder, a mediator—all qualities of a more genteel era. Will he be able to make an impact in these more bellicose, hyper-partisan times, or will he fade into the backdrop?